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Have you recently received your electricity bill and are thinking to yourself, why is my bill so high? Various factors can make your electricity bill go up. Just like there are many ways to make your bill go higher, there are also many ways to lower it. As certified electricians, we have the best tips and tricks to reduce your energy bill and carbon footprint.

Identify Phantom Appliances

Most households have phantom appliances running, or devices that continue to suck up energy when not in use, that they are not aware of it. Phantom appliances typically include anything with a clock or a timer because they have to continually update even when not in use. Most modern-day appliances go into standby instead of turning off when not used to make for a faster start-up time. While these devices make life a little easier, they also suck up energy. Check out these appliances in your home to see if they are sucking your energy:

  • Microwaves
  • Electric clocks
  • Television sets
  • Computers
  • Surround sound systems

Identifying these appliances and trying to unplug them when not in use can lessen your electricity usage and bill.

Switch to Dimmable Switches

The U.S. Department of Energy has reported that dimmable switches can lessen your electricity usage when the lights are on a lower setting. There are drawbacks to dimmable switches when misused. However, we recommend dimmable switches because not only do they lower your energy consumption, they create a unique ambiance within your home.

Update Old Appliances

Old appliances often drain energy more than newer ones because they are using more electricity to keep up. Newer appliances are often created to be energy-efficient, so using that thirty-year-old dishwasher might not be so worth it anymore, no matter how well it still runs. Updating old appliances is a bit costlier than the other tips we have listed. However, you can save money in the long run by switching to an energy-efficient refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, or laundry machine.